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09 March 2018


As one of their final duties, the Senior Student Team invited into school Mr Mark Phillips, Trustee from the national charity SUDEP Action to present a cheque as one of their nominated charities from last year’s Charities Week. In an often moving, but hopeful talk in the Sixth Form assembly, Mr Phillips explained about the work of SUDEP Action that seeks to raise awareness of epilepsy risks, and maintains a register of information to monitor the symptoms and signs in order to be better informed in how to tackle epilepsy deaths and provide support to families who have lost loved ones from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Based in Oxfordshire, the charity was started in 1995 by five women who had all lost a child, or in one case, lost a partner to epilepsy, with the combined aim to prevent epilepsy related deaths by raising awareness and support those bereaved from epilepsy. Mr Phillips explained that SUDEP Action is unique in this purpose and that there are about three epilepsy deaths each day in the UK (about 1200 each year), many of which could be preventable. Sadly, Mr Phillips was speaking from the heart as one who suddenly lost his own daughter...... more

08 March 2018


Year 9 student Rio Brigden showed he is not only a very talented baker, but also a big hearted baker when he donated his cake from the Design Technology Department Christmas Cake Competition to raise money for the Children’s Hospice South West charity. Rio loves baking and likes creating different styles and unique flavours, which combines with his love of art that helps him be even more creative. This was evident in his stunning cake creation of an icy winter scene topped with a glass globe containing a Father Christmas – all of which were deliciously edible (apart from the globe, of course!). Rio wanted to participate in the Christmas Bake Off in order to push himself to do something he loves and his Teacher of Food Technology Miss Beacham is so encouraging that he really enjoys his lessons. Rio and his fellow bakers began work on their cake project back in October, and every week they developed another stage of the cake until the final week of the all-important icing. Every baker knows the icing on the cake is the final flourish and Rio’s design was both unique and stunning. Pleased as he was with his finished cake Rio made the generous...... more

02 March 2018


Last Sunday (25 February 2018), the Axbridge community, Mayor and Town Council, along with dignitaries from Somerset met at St John the Baptist Church in the centre of the town on a beautifully clear sky day to celebrate the achievements of Year 12 students Jamie Harris and Katherine Sousa. Rector of Axbridge, Tim Hawkins led the service, themed appropriately around the sea, in recognising Katherine’s achievements with the Sea Cadets and Jamie’s international sailing success. The awards were presented by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Brigadier Tom Lang, who also had a connection with the sea with his background in the Royal Marines. The Town Council’s new policy of celebrating youth achievements within these awards was exemplified by the wonderful inclusion of the Cheddar Valley Voices and Brass Ensemble by the Cheddar Valley Brass Club, including many musically talented Kings’ students; and a beautiful violin solo performed by Abigail Campbell. On receiving their awards both Katherine and Jamie made speeches thanking all those who had helped and supported them in their endeavours, especially from the Town of Axbridge. Tea and...... more

14 February 2018


The Kings and Queens News Team were part of last week’s media excitement when for once, the press pack were in the interview hot spot after a journalist from The Guardian newspaper visited the Academy. Journalist Steven Morris was in Cheddar last Thursday (8 February 2018) sleuthing about the Cheddar Man story that broke with the discovery that the DNA of a Briton discovered nearly 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes. By happy coincidence it was the weekly meeting day of the News Team who were keen to be part of the action; along with Kings’ retired Head of History Adrian Targett – known to locals as the other Cheddar Man – who happened to be in school that afternoon and he too joined the impromptu news conference. In the 1990’s, tests were undertaken as part of a television series on archaeology in Somerset, “Once Upon a Time in the West” from DNA found in the pulp cavity of the remains of a skeleton in Gough's Cave. The remains were discovered in 1903 buried alone in a chamber near the mouth of the deep cave, the largest of 100 caverns in Cheddar Gorge and Britain's prime site for Paleolithic human remains, about 1,000 years before...... more

12 February 2018


Year 9 Big Pitch students at The Kings of Wessex Academy know all about the unique selling point and business plans; so were clued up for the Semi-Finals of this hotly contested competition in school last Tuesday (6 February 2018). Of the eight teams presenting, the difficult decision was made to shortlist to the final fab four who are all now through to the finals to be held next month at The Strawberry Special in Draycott. Big Pitch is the exciting entrepreneurial opportunity for students interested in running their own business. Under the watchful and supportive supervision of the Business Studies Department and some business aficionados from the Rotary Club of Mendip, the students conceive their own business idea that they then manage, including making and selling their own stock. Subject Leader for Business Studies Jo Wilson congratulated all the teams for their enthusiastic efforts throughout the competition and their excellent presentations to the judging panel and praised this year’s four finalists: Marsh Mallow Moments<> – Ben Cobley and Billy Nash selling handmade marshmallow delights coated in chocolate and sprinkles on...... more